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Rutgers' McCourty looks to join his brother in NFL

Associated Press Modified: March 10, 2010 at 7:42 pm •  Published: March 10, 2010
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — It's a good thing that Devin McCourty's NFL Draft stock appears to be soaring because the recent Rutgers graduate can use the money.

McCourty's wallet is lighter after he lost a $100 bet with his twin brother, Jason, who is fresh off a productive rookie campaign with the Tennessee Titans. The wager was over whether Devin could post a faster time in the 40-yard dash than his brother at last week's NFL Combine.

"I ran a 4.34 unofficially, but then the official times came out and I don't know why but it was a little slower," said McCourty, who officially ran a 4.48 in Indianapolis. "My brother ran a 4.32, but maybe he won't take my money and just think of it as a friendly bet."

McCourty had an opportunity to make his money back Wednesday at Rutgers' Pro Day, but he opted to participate only in defensive back drills.

"I did some DB drills and I think I did pretty good as far as my backpedaling and turning my hips go," McCourty said. "At the combine, I didn't sleep the night before, but today I had a little less anxiety."

By all accounts, the 5-11, 193-pound cornerback has improved his stock to first-round status in the three-day NFL Draft beginning April 22.

"I don't want to take any credit away from Dev, but I definitely tell him when he ends up in the first round to go to the store and buy me something nice," said Jason, who attended the Pro Day event with a watchful eye on his brother.

"A lot of coaches at Tennessee have mentioned to me that I kind of set the bar for Devin. People seeing what I did last year think that because we have the same size and skills he can step in and do the same thing at the next level."

Devin McCourty finished with 80 tackles, 10 pass breakups and an interception en route to earning All-Big East first-team honors last fall.

The fifth-year senior from Nanuet, N.Y., also was a valuable special teams performer, blocking three kicks and averaging 25.4 yards per kickoff return, and became the first player in Rutgers history to earn both his team's defensive and special teams player of the year awards.

"That's one of the reason I did work out, to be able to compete one more time with these guys," McCourty said. "I wouldn't miss an opportunity to work with them."

Fifteen players from the 2009 team attended the Pro day event before 35 scouts from 27 NFL teams.

One player who didn't participate in drills was offensive tackle Anthony Davis, who is expected to be a top-15 pick in next month's NFL Draft.

The 6-5, 323-pound Davis, who competed in every skills challenge at last week's NFL Combine, told scouts Wednesday that he tweaked his hamstring, an injury that isn't expected to preclude him from competing in individual workouts for teams later this month.

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